Saturday, January 25, 2014

January Blahs

It is, put another blanket on the bed and throw another log on the fire, type of weather.
 We have had the negative 2 or 4-degree weather but not much snow with only a couple of inches this week. It was zero this morn and I am not sure what the wind chill was. 
The mountains have that cold blue color with ice/snow frozen on top. 

My grandma’s old saying about one snow waiting on another one will probably hold true.
I have the January blahs knowing there are more cold days ahead
and spring is still far away. 
I love snow but I like the big fluffy silent kind especially the ones that come in late winter/early spring, which only stay around for a couple of days. 
I don’t like this below zero frozen weather.

I’ve been reading others blogs and it seems everyone is working madly on one project or another, everything from redoing the bathroom, to making beautiful Valentines. 
I haven’t been that productive but I have finished up a few left overs which were on the worktable. My messy worktable corner of the studio was irritating me so I cleaned and rearranged, which made me feel better.

This was my Christmas gift from my daughter. 
She wrapped two wonderful new books in fabric! 

The books will be used researching my future bird/moth and
 bug projects planned for this year. 

I used some of the fabric she gave me to make a small nine patch for next holiday season.
I have it quilted and will finish binding it today.

Some of the finish "left overs" from before Christmas.

There is a new butterfly on the worktable.
I’ll only give a hint of the stitching and indigo dyed wool used on the wings.

 I really don’t know if this one will work out, so I’m hesitant to show all of it.
 It was started back in December and I am just now getting back to it.
I heard someone say recently, that showing work in progress can be
like running down the street naked!
That is the way I feel when starting a new piece.
I need to hold the inspiration close to me until I am happy and feel I can show others.
I do love to see worktables and studios with their projects in progress on others blogs. I don't show mine much because I usually have a messy space.

I spent most of yesterday in the kitchen.
I baked an applesauce cake and made a large pot of Minestrone soup and cornbread, so today Sadie and I can spend the day by the wood stove stitching butterfly wings and dreaming of a big fluffy snow
and maybe even a little bit of the Spring that will come in due time.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend and keeping warm!


  1. I giggle at myself, before we moved to Weaverville I asked hubby if he thought we would have real winters - whoa.....we have seen -3 and lots of snow. It snowed this morning and now it looks like things are icing over. We may not be going to church tomorrow morning, getting down the ski slope of a driveway is bad enough, but then we have to get back up it. Love mountain life, even the ice, but I can't wait to see the beauty of springtime.

    Love your craft room, it is so tidy.

    Hope you get your fluffy snow - maybe this weekend. Have a wonderful cozy weekend.


  2. Your studio looks so pleasant and organized. Your quilt is beautiful. What a thoughtful daughter to wrap gift with fabrics you can use.

    You are quite ambitious to make butterflies from scratch. I love that indigo coloring. Very pretty.

    January is almost gone and February has only 28 days so it will go fast. I hope for an early spring too.

  3. I find there is nothing quite as clarifying as neatening and organizing my workspace. You have such a beautiful sunny place too! Those wings show lots of promise. Tis true, a cold January offers little comfort, but with the extra log and blanket comes the time to snuggle down and warm up to new ideas too!

  4. Warmer weather will be here before we know it! Looks like we may be getting a big beach snow this week. Can't wait to see your new creations!

  5. Oh, I just love all of your wooly good "leftovers" of Christmas !
    Your thoughts on showing what you are working on are so true.
    I always feels it puts the pressure on. Sometimes things you are working on just don't come together like you think they will and there you "put it out there" for all to see and now you just HAVE to "make it right" and show the finish ! lol
    Eager to see what those butterfly wings will be made into ;)